The Gratitude Jar

Hi friends,

How are you all doing? Hope you are learning something new every day. I know I keep repeating this in every post, but I feel it is the most important thing in a person’s life. You learn you grow, and then you learn a bit more… and the cycle continues.

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A few months back, I read a book called the Gratitude Jar by Josie Robinson. I came across her book and her story in “Thank and Grow Rich” by Pam Grout. I loved the title of the book, was curious to know the complete story and so decided to read the book.

It is a simple story of how Josie, a struggling mother, and wife, turned her life around just by practicing gratitude for a period of 30 days, to begin with. She was asked by her healer to practice gratitude and she did it with her 4-year-old son.

I loved the positivity of the book and of course, I loved the way she turned her life around by using Gratitude.

Gratitude is the simplest and the most powerful tool used by many to turn their life around. Though it is a simple practice, it may not seem simple to those who have everything going wrong in their lives.  How are they ever going to find anything to be thankful for when they are struggling with financial emotional, alcoholic and other problems?

But these are also the situations where people, who practice gratitude, experience and understand the Power of Gratitude. Gratitude is like the light of a car on a dark night. The road may not be visible due to darkness but if we keep driving, the light of the car will show us the way, a small distance at a time and before we know, we will cover the entire road with this light. Similarly, gratitude will show us some good (when we look for it) and then some more good (as we keep looking for it) till we reach a point where we see only good all around us. It removes the darkness from inside.

After I read the book, I decided to practice 30 days of Gratitude with my sister. We both enjoyed coming up with something new every day and during this whole period of time, we had some positive experiences in our lives. The 30 days practice made gratitude an integral part of my life and now I enjoy looking for things to be grateful for.

Develop the habit of being grateful for everything you have no matter what your present situation is.  Believe me, things will only get better with this practice.

After having written a draft for this post, I was reading some other posts and few of them were about Thanksgiving. Then, I watched some videos on YouTube and they again were about Thanksgiving shopping. That was when I realized that the timing of my blog post was perfect.  Though not intentional, this blog post came up around the Thanksgiving time.

So keeping up with the Thanksgiving tradition, I would like to thank you all for all your views, likes and comments. I thank you for joining this community and being part of my family.

Love,

Rashmi

p.s. The image is taken from Amazon. Not a paid promotion of the book.

4 thoughts on “The Gratitude Jar

  1. Lalitha says:

    Only yesterday did I read the T.E.A concept by a fellow blogger. It means Thankful for Everything Always. And today you put up something similar. It is certainly timely. And yes I have a lot to be thankful for. In every sphere of my life. I loved your post and thank you for reminding me to be thankful. For everything.

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  2. rashu2015 says:

    I am happy that you liked my post. It means a lot to me.
    Thanks a lot for sharing the T.E.A. knowledge Lalitha. I was always thankful when somebody did something for me but I never was thankful for everything that I had till some years back. But when I understood the concept of gratitude, I realised that I needed to stop taking things and relationships for granted. Just by being grateful for what I have, I can bring other good things into my life.

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  3. Lalitha says:

    I have been through the EXACT same thing. Until I went to a meditation camp and learnt about the Gratitude jar. It’s about finding things to be grateful for everyday and writing it and putting it in the jar. At the end of a year you read out all the slips of paper to realize you have been showered with blessings throughout. It opened my eyes to a new perspective in life. But it’s always nice to be reminded of it. Coz as humans our emotions can take us on a ride sometimes and we forget all the good times and feel bad for our misfortunes. It’s times like that we need to look inside that jar. I have not gotten around to doing it until now. Maybe I should start now!

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